Fashion: Style is forever, not just a season
Fashion is not only for a single season: it’s for every age and stage in life. So says Jill Gregory, the Bury-based founder of blog Her Timeless Style
Hi, I’m Jill, a style and fashion blogger passionate about helping women of all ages create a timeless style. I have always loved fashion and used to make my own clothes in the latest style, or visit London for that season’s must-have designs.
I created my blog - hertimelessstyle.com - nearly two years ago when I left teaching and was looking for a new direction. As a teacher I specialised in Art & Design, so developing my love of fashion and style seemed like the way forward.
My own Instagram account @hertimelessstyle began to grow, with followers of all ages seeming to admire my style. I had a timeless look but was still fashion-forward. So how can you create a style which will last you forever? Here are my five top tips. . .
Invest in timeless pieces, like blazers, camel coats, wrap dresses, trench coats and a LBD. These can be the foundations of your wardrobe. Classics like blue jeans and a white shirt are also favourites, with midi skirts looking set to stay. These have stood the test of time for a good reason – they suit everybody, are practical, easy to style and won’t go out of fashion. Invest in timeless classics but experiment with trend-led pieces from the High Street. Choose classic styles with clean lines, in a colour of your choice, to create a simple but effortless look.
Keep your eye on current fashion trends as here are the timeless pieces of the future. I personally love the excitement of discovering new trends each season and adding some into my wardrobe. This gives me a fresh, current look whilst still maintaining my overall timeless style. For example, animal print is a new timeless classic. I love the yearly updates it is given, for example by adding colour or widening the range of prints. Above all add only one or two trend-led items to an otherwise classic look.
Choose Your Neutral
Choose clothes within a neutral palette as a foundation to your wardrobe. These could include black, white or earthy tones like beige, cream, tan, metallics or grey. What could be more stylish than an all-black or an all-white monochrome look? The key is to choose the neutral which suits you best, depending on your colouring or personal preference. Pair similar warm neutrals together or wear with stronger warm colours like red. Or add the latest trend-led colour of the season. This season’s Pantone colour Classic Blue would, for example, team well with cool greys.
Patterns and Fabrics
If you want to stay on-trend choose patterns and fabrics which have stood the test of time. This will keep your look timeless but on trend at the same time. For example, last year Zara’s polka dot dress was an Instagram sensation. Patterns like florals, polka dots and stripes are always popular, so a good choice for another timeless look. Florals might be dark, ditsy prints or roses for example, but florals will always be there. A striped Breton top is a timeless classic and fabrics like stripes, plaid, check and dog tooth print return each year.
Choosing the right accessories is a great way to develop a timeless style. A classic Chanel or an on-trend bag can elevate a simply styled outfit. Adding a belt, a few pieces of jewellery or a pair of statement sunglasses can complete the look. Hats can be effortlessly stylish, with classic berets and fedoras being joined recently by Baker Boy hats and headbands. A simple pair of neutral stilettos creates an elegant profile for occasionwear, with recent trends favouring block heels or stylish trainers for an everyday look. The key is to limit your choices, don’t over accessorize.
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